Medvedev instructed to study the introduction of quotas for Russian wines in retail

Medvedev instructed to study the introduction of quotas for Russian wines in retail

Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of agriculture to study the introduction of the quota not less than 30% of the Russian wines in stores and restaurants. The demand for wine produced in Russia was unstable and retailers began to reduce its purchases.

With the request “to consider the possibility of introducing a minimum 30% quota for domestic wine production” in trading networks, retail and HoReCa segment to the Russian Prime Minister turned self-regulatory organization, the Association of winegrowers and winemakers of the Crimea “the Crimean Bureau of grapes and wine” (CBW; brings together the largest manufacturers of the Peninsula — “Massandra”, “Inkerman”, “Novyy Svet”, “Golden beam”, etc.).

In the letter (is at the disposal of RBC), signed by the Chairman of the Board KBW, Yanina Pavlenko, explained that the introduction of the quota “will give a powerful additional impetus to the development of viticulture and winemaking, will strengthen our position in the competition with foreign producers of wines, which virtually monopolized the wine market.”

To examine this question, instructed the head of the Ministry Alexander Tkachev, it follows from the resolution of Medvedev’s letter, dated 5 Dec. The Ministry of agriculture confirmed the receipt of the letter KBW, refusing further comment.

As explained RBC itself Yanina Pavlenko, the producers asked the authorities to support the local winemakers, as often in the Russian retail it is impossible to go without bonuses.

“In other countries there are subsidies and subsidies for domestic producers, — she said. — We are quite unable to compete with them on the cost of production”.

Press Secretary of Prime Minister Natalia Timakova has not responded to a request to RBC at the time of publication of the material.

Assistance in fault

The prosperity of the Russian winemaking began in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea, a major wine producing region, began to develop measures to support wineries. The new area became the third largest acreage of vineyards Russian (21.6 thousand hectares, or 25% of the total area at the end of 2015), second only to Krasnodar Krai (25.4 thousand hectares, or 30%) and the Republic of Dagestan (22.6 thousand hectares or 27%).

Soon after the annexation of Crimea, in July 2014, the EU has restricted the export of products of the largest Crimean manufacturers (“Massandra”, “Novy Svet” and “Magarach”) into the European territory. “To compensate for the negative effects of EU sanctions, and the Russian winemaking in General to get an additional impulse of development” that fall under the ban, the winemakers asked the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to restrict imports of European wines, but the offer was rejected.

But the support for industry provided the regulators. Wine, who was, like all alcohol industry in charge of the Net, has a new handler — the Ministry of agriculture. The Ministry Alexander Tkachev, in turn, already in the fall of 2016 presented a draft “Concept of development of viticulture and winemaking in the Russian Federation for the period 2016-2020 years and the planning period until 2025”.